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Steve Bruce has confirmed that new signing Robert Snodgrass is set to miss at least six months after a scan revealed the midfielder dislocated his knee and damaged ligaments during the win over QPR.

The news comes as a devastating blow for the Scottish international who was hopeful of a return within 2/3 months; but a second battery of tests indicated the damage was far worse than first feared after his initial scan proved inconclusive. The Hull City squad is already stretched having to fight on two separate footballing fronts - Premier and the Europe League - and this latest development could force the Tigers coach back into the transfer market with only ten days of the window remaining.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 08:28:00 AM

Ayoze Perez has needed to step up his scoring in the absence of Papiss Cisse but has failed to do so as Newcastle United continue to look in rough shape.

Perez caught everyone's attention earlier in the season when he tallied a goal in each of his first three league starts. He would add a couple more in the month of December, but since then the well has dried up, going over 800 minutes now without scoring. It's not like John Carver has any great alternatives. Emmanuel Riviere has been an absolute bust, failing to score once in league play this season, and Siem De Jong, who is more of a midfielder by trade anyway, is still battling back from a long injury layoff. The position must be addressed in the summer, as Cisse has built a reputation for missing too many matches - 11 entirely in league play, and another 10 where he only featured for 45 minutes or less.
Mar 28 - 7:11 PM

Jack Cork has been a revelation for Swansea City since his transfer from Southampton in January, and is still a cheaper fantasy option than most of his teammates, though that may not last much longer.

We began monitoring Cork and pointing out his production a month ago, and since then, he has continued to thrive both in reality with a Man of the Match award and in fantasy. His past four starts have garnered scores of 15, 10, 14 and 6 in the Yahoo game. Incredibly, he could have been owned for under 6m at the beginning of that run, but his current 8.96m price is still extremely good value for his output. With only a minuscule .55% ownership right now, he is a fantastic difference maker if you find your XI every week to be too similar to your rivals.
Mar 28 - 6:38 PM

Michael Kightly, one of the few Burnley players with any top flight experience at the start of the season, looks to be a forgotten man at Turf Moor these days.

The Clarets do not have deep pockets to put it mildly, so even though Kightly isn't exactly All-World, when he was signed to a permanent deal from Stoke City after a successful loan spell saw him help Burnley gain promotion last season, it was for them, a major acquisition. However, the bigger impact signing has been George Boyd, who has nailed down a wide midfield position opposite Scott Arfield, and Sean Dyche has shown to keep the changes to his XI at a minimum. When Dean Marney went down injured, it could have opened the door for Kightly, but instead Ashley Barnes is out wide with Arfield tucked inside and Kightly hasn't so much as earned an appearance as a substitute for the past two matches. It wouldn't be surprising to see him request a transfer this summer.
Mar 28 - 2:37 PM

Kevin Mirallas has been sidelined for the past three league games due to a dead leg picked up against Dynamo Kiev but is pushing for a return next weekend when the Toffees host Southampton.

Roberto Martinez expressed confidence earlier in the week that the Belgian would be back in action immediately after the international break but has since admitted that his availability for the match against the Saints is still in question. Unless there is extremely positive news heading into next weekend, it would be wise to avoid Mirallas for fear he may not start. However, his price in the Yahoo game has dropped drastically in recent weeks and is an absolute bargain once he gets his spot back. He is one to monitor for a barndoor move the next time his name makes Martinez's XI.
Mar 28 - 2:45 PM

Leon Britton is hoping to return to training next week after missing the win at Villa Park because of a pre-existing back problem.

Britton has suffered from a bulging disc for the past two seasons and the problem flared up again during training in the build-up to GW30 – the latest in a line of injury niggles this year. The 32 year-old midfielder didn’t begin his season until November because of a bruised patella and a minor groin strain, illness plus further knee issues have restricted Britton to just six league starts but the player is determined to return following an excellent Swansea campaign. Although competition for places is fierce with Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, loanee Tom Carroll, Jay Fulton and January acquisition Jack Cork competing for a starting berth Leon Britton is confident he can force his way into the side to finish the season on a high.
Mar 28 - 1:54 PM

Danny Welbeck will return to Arsenal after picking up an injury during Friday nights’ comfortable Euro 2016 victory over Lithuania at Wembley.

Hodgson had already planned to replace Welbeck but a knee injury forced his withdrawal as the game entered its final phase. With a crucial Premier League match against Liverpool coming up England will take no risks given Tuesdays’ fixture in Italy is a non-competitive friendly. Post-match Hodgson confirmed Welbeck had "tweaked his knee" and he will continue to be assessed over the next 24/48 hours although the medical team aren’t overly concerned at this point. England could travel to Turin with only [17] outfield players having seen Leighton Baines, Raheem Sterling and James Milner return to their respective clubs however Ryan Bertrand has been "invited" to join the group.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 28 - 12:43 PM

The knock Simon Mignolet picked up in Liverpool's loss to Manchester United last weekend was not serious and the Belgian international is fit to play for his country during the international break.

Mignolet is behind Thibaut Courtois on the Belgian keeper depth chart but appears to be set to back up the Chelsea man for Belgium tomorrow as they take on Cyprus and then they face Israel on Tuesday. For fantasy managers and Liverpool fans though, what matters is that the Reds' #1 will be between the sticks against Arsenal in their next league game.
Mar 27 - 6:30 PM

Scans on Daniel Sturridge's hip did not come back clean and the striker is looking at up to a month on the sideline according to England manager Roy Hodgson.

A slight tear was found in the hip flexor muscle for Sturridge, so it will certainly take to heal. The timetable seems to open the door for an earlier return so with no league matches this weekend, perhaps one can only rule him out for Week 31's match against Arsenal for now. However long it takes, Brendan Rodgers will need to think about whether to start Mario Balotelli up top, who should be starting in this situation considering his wages, or to deploy Raheem Sterling there as he has at times this season. Ricky Lambert seems no more than depth at this point though perhaps he will enter Rodgers' thinking as well. Sterling is a solid investment no matter where he plays on the pitch, but a striker role certainly bumps his value.
Source: Daily Mail
Mar 27 - 6:20 PM

Roberto Martinez is hoping Darron Gibson will be available to face Southampton in GW31 following the Everton midfielders withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a minor abdominal strain.

Gibson is one of a handful of players currently undergoing treatment at Finch Farm with Arouna Kone [knee & ankle] and Kevin Mirallas [dead leg] targeting a quick return while Romelu Lukaku [hamstring] is recovering with his national team in Belgium. Martinez confirmed South African midfielder Steven Pienaar [knee] will be back in full training from Monday after almost four months on the sidelines with Tony Hibbert also closing in on a return. Bryan Oviedo is progressing but could be a few weeks yet although he "is getting stronger every day" and Gareth Barry has completed a two match ban for his accumulation of 10 yellow cards.
Source: Goal.com
Mar 27 - 1:30 PM

Newcastle have been dealt a further defensive blow after it was confirmed Massadio Haidara will miss the remainder of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery in Lyon.

It was hoped that Haidara would be back in May following injections to help manage an ongoing knee complaint however the injury has not responded to treatment leaving the player with no alternative other than to go under the knife. Haidara joins defenders Paul Dummett and Steven Taylor – out for the season – while Fabricio Coloccini is currently serving a three match ban. Ahead of next weekends’ Wear / Tyne derby Newcastle will be hoping for at least one returner as Mehdi Abeid steps up his recovery from a thigh strain with Rolando Aarons [hamstring] also due to join the group on Monday.
Mar 27 - 12:38 PM

Winston Reid will miss his international duty with New Zealand since he has still not recovered from a hamstring injury.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson stated that the team have given Winston every chance to be fit but he hasn't responded well to treatment and they will not even fly him out to join the squad. He also made it sound like Reid is close to returning, so it is not out of the question he is fit for next weekend when West Ham face Leicester City. Keep an eye out for his fitness levels before deciding on your GW31 fantasy team.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 27 - 11:11 AM




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